Happy Bay to Breakers, San Francisco!
Every May San Francisco looks forward to its annual 12K foot race that spans the city from the bay to the ocean: Bay to Breakers. Now in its 102nd year, this world-renowned race is a celebration of quintessential San Francisco.
So this Sunday, many of us will be pulling our costume boxes out of our closets and communing with our fellow San Franciscans from the Embarcadero to the Great Highway. As for DEM, we’ll be communing with our fellow city agencies and race organizers in our activated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as we support event operations and coordinate city resources. We also will provide information to San Francisco about traffic and transit, as well as any other tips that the public needs to know about as the city rallies (either as an observer or a runner) around this race.
Why are we activating our Emergency Operations Center?
San Francisco routinely activates our EOC for citywide special events like New Year’s Eve, Pride, and past and future San Francisco Giants World Series Championships. This allows us to support event operations, coordinate city resources, and provide public information. EOC activations also give us an opportunity to practice for unplanned events and not-so-everyday emergencies like earthquakes.
For this Sunday’s Bay to Breakers race, the EOC will be activated so we have specific people in the room who can quickly coordinate resource requests. This weekend’s activation includes Department of Emergency Management staff, the Police Department, Fire Department, ambulance providers, public works, and race organizers.
What to look for from DEM.
One of our main priorities in support of the Bay to Breakers Race is to provide the public with important information about the race (e.g., transit and traffic notifications). We will push out this information on our SF72 Crisis Map and on @SF_Emergency. And to kick off the public information, here’s SFMTA’s Bay to Breakers express service schedule on Sunday.
Here’s to the best Bay to Breakers race ever, San Francisco, and may the best…costume win!